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Documenting copyright problems for documentarians

There's an interesting article in the Globe and Mail this week re: how difficult it is for documentary film makers to clear copyrights. As the article (quoting Robert Stone of an American University study) aptly puts it:

"'Why do you think the History Channel is what it is? Why do you think it's all World War II documentaries? It's becuase it's public-domain footage. So the history we're seeing is being skewed towards what's fallen into the public domain.'"

Opening Brief Filed

Today we filed the appellant's opening brief in the Ninth Circuit. The brief argues that, starting with the 1976 Copyright Act, Congress changed the fundamental nature of copyright from an opt-in to opt-out system. Therefore, under the rule of Eldred v. Ashcroft, the changes are subject to First Amendment review. Download file

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